Tajikistan Travel Information

The Basics


GMT +5


Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Plugs with two round pins are standard.


The official language is Tajik but Russian is also commonly spoken.

Travel Health

Malaria is a concern in parts of Tajikistan and malaria medication is recommended in all areas below 2,000 metres (6,562ft). Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and typhoid and travellers should be up to date on vaccinations for tetanus-diphtheria, polio and MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella).

Medical facilities are extremely limited in Tajikistan and some essential medications are in short supply. Comprehensive travel health insurance is necessary and travellers should take along all required medications, in their original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from a doctor detailing what they are and why they are needed. It is inadvisable to drink tap water.

Local Customs

Although the country has a secular constitution, the culture of Tajikistan is predominantly Islamic and tourists should be careful to respect Islamic tradition. Modest clothing is expected, but women are not required to cover their heads. Men should not enter a house where only women are present and vice versa. It is polite to remove your shoes when entering a house. When greeting someone, you may shake hands, but it shows respect to also bow slightly with your hand placed over your heart. Homosexuality is frowned upon. Travellers should carry a photocopy of their passports at all times as requests to produce an ID are frequent.

Duty Free

Travellers over 20 years of age are allowed to import 200 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500g of tobacco; 2L of spirits; perfume for personal use; and a reasonable amount of goods for personal use and gifts. Note that it is illegal to import the local currency.

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